Accelerated Reader Program
Individualized reading leads to whole school literacy
The Accelerated Reader program (AR) is a reading management tool that efficiently personalizes the student’s independent reading practice. With AR, students are able to manage their own reading while their teachers guide their progress.
St. Luke’s commitment to AR is substantial: an abundant number of quizzes, computers, and books are available. We have invested in all the AR software, giving us access to all approximately 150,000 available AR quizzes. This large number gives our students a wide variety of reading material. In fact, AR is intended to be a management program for independent pleasure reading, encouraging students to find books on their reading level that appeal to them.
At the beginning of the school year, students receive an AR reading level as determined by the computer-adaptive AR Star Reading Test. Based on those results, an individualized 9-week point requirement is determined by each student's language arts teacher. The test also determine's each child's zone of proximal development (ZPD), or the range of reading difficulty that will challenge him or her without causing frustration. Books in the Newman Library are coded by colored dots that correspond with the book's readability, ensuring that students can easily select books within their ZPD.
Points are accumulated based on accuracy of AR quiz answers and the length of the book. Students are monitored each grading period to evaluate their reading progress, and they retake the Star test periodically during the academic year. Our goal is to encourage students to successfully meet their individual goals, improve their reading fluency and comprehension, and most importantly to make reading an enriching part of their daily lives.